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Google could release new search function to connect you with tradesmen

The next evolution of Google's search functionality could see users hooked up with easier access to local electricians, plumbers and the like. Not only that, but scheduling appointments could eventually get easier.

 

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The Wall Street Journal has unnamed sources providing it with the news, where they have reported: "Google is planning a service to connect users with plumbers, electricians, roofers and other home-service providers, according to two people familiar with the matter. One of the people familiar with the matter said service providers would be able to upload their schedules to Google, where searchers could sign up for an appointment".

 

The biggest hurdle here is securing local service providers, as unlike airlines and car insurance companies, more local services operate on a much smaller scale. The challenge here for Mountain View is getting enough of these local providers to sign up for the new service, where it could offer it on a national scale.

Netflix updates its Terms of Use, can terminate accounts that use VPNs

With Netflix making a very big splash Down Under, launching in Australia and New Zealand recently, it shouldn't come as a big surprise that the streaming content giant has updated its Terms of Use, adding that the use of a VPN could have your account terminated.

 

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Redder user 'CrypticCraig' posted to /r/technology with Article 6C of Netflix's new Terms of Use, which states: "You may view a movie or TV show through the Netflix service primarily within the country in which you have established your account and only in geographic locations where we offer our service and have licensed such movie or TV show. The content that may be available to watch will vary by geographic location. Netflix will use technologies to verify your geographic location".

 

It continues, with Article 6H, stating: "We may terminate or restrict your use of our service, without compensation or notice if you are, or if we suspect that you are (i) in violation of any of these Terms of Use or (ii) engaged in illegal or improper use of the service". So there you have it in black and white, Netflix can and will terminate your account if you are in violation of these Terms of Use (using a VPN in short).

Revenge porn website owner handed 18 year sentence

The words 'revenge porn' have been plastered across many online and local media outlets in recent months and the website ugotposted.com was in the center of it all.

 

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Kevin Bollaert was this websites former operator and his business was all about hosting thousands of sexually explicit images of various women without their consent - mostly submitted by disgruntled ex-boyfriends and ex-husbands. The real cash flow for Bollaert came through the form of 'take down fees' - charging the victims hundreds of dollars to have their photos removed from the archives.

 

This court case conviction is the first of its kind and has seen Bollaert handed 18 years in prison (eligible for parole in 10 years) alongside a $10,000 fine for his troubles. This case also sends a clear message to any 'would-be' revenge porn participants that these types of actions are unacceptable.

Australian politician makes harsh metadata joke attack to journalist

Liberal politician, Federal Member for Mayo and Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs made a joke about the wrong subject when engaging in a Twitter conversation with political journalist Bernard Keane recently, stating that he will search through Keane's private metadata in order to 'dig up some dirt'.

 

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This incident comes soon after news that the Government will have the unwarranted right to search phone and internet records for all Australian citizens from the past two years.

 

Although Briggs may see this as a lighthearted joke towards a critic, many users online are furious that this joke has even taken place, further labeling it as the 'harsh reality' that our future generations will have to face.

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Aussie Google Maps breast flasher called to appear in court

Karen Davis, 28 year old mother of three from Port Pirie, had something a little different on her bucket list. Sitting right next to meeting ex-AFL player and current media personality Sam Newman was to flash her k-cup breasts at the Google maps car as it went through updating local street view images.

 

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Part of the reason for this addition to her list was that of long distance friendship, with Davis stating "I have a friend over in the UK and we Google map each other's houses. I thought I'd give him something interesting to look at." Taken in January and uploaded this month, Davis has ignored online Facebook critics who have labeled her as "disgusting filth."

 

Davis claims this action is somewhat part of her "freedom of speech," furthering "I used to be ashamed of my bust size and now I've accepted it and I embrace it."

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Aussie ISP Internode offers Netflix quota-free

Popular Australian ISP Internode is well known for their support of gamers and now they're offering up Netflix quota-free for certain plans.

 

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Excluding "all NBN Fixed Wireless, NodeMobile Voice & NodeMobile Data plans, and access via IPv6," you can take full use of this deal by owning one of Internode's "fixed-line broadband or NBN Fiber plans" which encompasses almost everything they have on offer, really.

 

If you're wanting to sign up for this deal yourself or check out more information, you'll need to head to their Netflix landing page.

Google removes 200 ad-injecting Chrome extensions that had malware

Google has kicked off April with quite a bang, announcing that it has removed almost 200 ad-injecting Chrome extensions, which were exposing users to malware, and all sorts of other nasties.

 

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More than a third of these Chrome extensions were injecting ads that were recently classified as malware, with researchers finding 192 deceptive Chrome extensions that had affected a huge 14 million people. Google officials have removed those extensions, and pushed in new techniques that will catch any new, or updated extensions that try to abuse users.

 

The study also found that there is widespread use of ad injectors for other browsers, not just Chrome, on both Windows and OS X. Over 5% of people visiting Google sites have at least one ad injector installed, and within that group, half of those half two injectors installed. Scarily, nearly one-third have at least four installed.

New Zealand Netflix spinoff relys on accent-based humor: 'Nitflux'

This parody video aims to dramatize the New Zealand accent and portray this service as a downplayed version of the already-limited Australian Netflix catalogue.

 

 

Bragging "six video's," the YouTube description reads "Oh hey there bro, do you like watching video? Well sign up to NitFlux, New Zealand's best streaming website, in the world!"

 

Funny, yet sad.

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YouTube begins experimenting with 4K 60FPS video playback

In something that feels like the perfect evolution of Internet video, YouTube has started experimenting with 4K 60FPS video playback. But, there's only a few clips that are capable of this insane amount of bandwidth.

 

 

Most of the videos on YouTube are nowhere near this resolution and framerate, with most cameras not capable of shooting 4K 60FPS video to begin with. In order to watch the 4K 60FPS videos on YouTube you're going to of course require a 4K 60Hz capable panel, which aren't too hard to find now.

 

There are just six hand-picked 4K 60FPS videos on YouTube right now, with the 4K 60FPS playlist on YouTube available here.

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Survey: Americans enjoy using Wi-Fi even while camping

Campers enjoying the great outdoors may want a break from their busy day-to-day lives, but that doesn't mean they want to abandon their smartphones and Wi-Fi connectivity, according to Kampgrounds of America (KOA).

 

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Fifty-one percent of campers say they go online at least once per day while camping, and 41 percent note that free Wi-Fi helps them determine where they will stay while camping. Not surprisingly, 86 percent of campers 25 or younger tend to bring a mobile phone, while 29 percent of campers 25 years or older bring a laptop or notebook.

 

"Camping is not a one-size-fits all travel experience," said Jim Rogers, CEO of KOA, in a statement. "We've evolved our approach to outdoor hospitality by stressing what's behind our yellow sign to ensure we're matching camper expectations consistently, whether they're enjoying the outdoors with a smartphone in hand or a good old-fashioned map."

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